Oakville, ON Real Estate News

Living in Old Oakville - Spring is Making Her Appearance Old Oakville, an area that encompasses the original old village of Oakville, is situated in south-central Oakville along the shores of Lake Ontario.This time of year, Old Oakville, with it's majestic, old trees and unique early homes, comes alive with birdsong, trees and shrubs in bloom and garden beds alive with spring flowers.Erchless Estate gardens overlooking Lake Ontario come alive in spring.The white picket fences of yesteryear are a common sight in Old Oakville. Thinking of making a move to Old Oakville? To receive a complete list of homes currently available in Old Oakville, contact Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative with Brekland Realty Group, Brokerage, Oakville, Ontario at 905-285-0673 or 289-837-2132 To receive regula...
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Here on Planet Earth, we become, live and perish. We are Planet Earth; we and all of the miraculous diversity of life forms that flourish here. We celebrate Planet Earth on one day a year. Considering we live on Planet Earth every single day of the year and are totally dependent on her, it seems somewhat darkly sad that we officially celebrate our planet, the planet we are all a part of, only one day a year.On this day, which has now extended into a week in Canada, we do everything we should be doing year round, to help our one home and the giver of our lives. We clean up ditches and organize peace walks. We take new stock of our recycling efforts and attend special gala celebrations and donate money to 'green' organizations. We plant trees and hold scrap metal drives, all in an effort ...
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Habitat for Humanity Expands to Oakville - Building Two Homes This YearHabitat Halton, the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Halton region, will be building homes in Oakville for the first time starting in May of 2010.The homes will be built on Elmwood Road with construction set to run from May to October. The two families have already been selected and will be contributing 500 hours each of work hours during the building process.Oakville is one of the most affluent cities in Canada, however 9.7% of residents live below the poverty line.Lack of affordable housing in Oakville forces many residents to become homeless or to move in with relatives and friends. Habitat for Humanity, a volunteer organization which began 25 years ago, endeavours to help those families who live below the poverty ...
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Oakville Homeowners Eligible for Free 'peaksaver®' Programmable Thermostat and a $25 Gift for Enrolling !Oakville residents who are single-family homeowners are eligible for the peaksaver® Program, a program designed to help Ontarions save on energy usage and lessen the burden on electricity consumption during the peak demand times during the summer months.Residents who sign up for the program are able to decrease their electricity costs  through the installation of a programmable thermostat that allows for their central air conditioning usage to be slightly reduced during the peak demand times. An online operations centre allows program participants to adjust their usage.Peak demand times are usually on weekday afternoons on the hottest summer days. If you are an Oakville single-family...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
I often get asked by people thinking of moving to Oakville, which neighbourhoods are the best to live in.  That is a very difficult question to answer.  I am very proud, however to be able to say that there are NO bad neighbourhoods in Oakville. There are many unique areas in Oakville, each with different amenities, price ranges, and  home styles.  I ask potential purchasers what they are looking for in a neighbourhood and what their family makeup is and the type of lifestyle they live. If living near Lake Ontario is a priority, neighbourhoods of interest would be Old Oakville, Bronte, Southwest Oakville, Morrison or Ford.  The neighbourhoods of Old Oakville, Central Oakville and Kerr Village are all within walking distance of downtown Oakville. West and Southwest Oakville offer neighbo...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The Oaks is a popular high rise  condominium in north Oakville.  This 21 storey building was built in 1973 and consists of 205 - 2 and 3 bedroom units.   Monthly condo fees are in the $500. range and include exterior maintnance and insurance, parking and water.  Annual taxes for the units are approximately $2000.  Some of the amenities include an indoor pool, exercise room and billiard room. Being an older building, individual suites are much more spacious than newly built condos and the square footage is in the 1100 to 1300 range.  Each unit boasts an outdoor balcony with some providing views of Lake Ontario.  Other units overlook a ravine.   Seventeen units sold in the Oaks over the last 12 months ranging from $198,000 to $245,000 with the average price being $223,000.   The average d...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The neighbourhood of Wedgewood Creek began growing in North East Oakville in the mid 1980's right in the midst of the new home building boom.  Farmer's fields and riding stables became subdivisions of mostly two storey, detached brick homes with double car garages. The Queen Elizabeth Highway is a natural division between north and south Oakville.  By the 1980's there was nowhere left for Oakville to grow south of the QEW. so buyers discovered what North Oakville had to offer.  Some areas such as Falgarwood and College Park were already established but north of Upper Middle Road was open to new growth.  Wedgewood Creek has matured like fine wine and it is a much sought after area due to the accessibility of all major highways for commuters who work in Toronto and beyond.  Popular school...
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Oakville Children's Choir Holding a Concert to Raise Money for Afghan Women and ChildrenOakville Children's Choir is holding a concert called  an 'Evening of Music' on Friday, April 9 at 7:30pm.The concert is being held at St' John's United Church at 263 Randall Street and the proceeds will go towards helping Afghan women and children.Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Starting off the evening will be a photo display following a concert and video presentation by Canadians in Support of Afghan Women (CSAW).Contact Lorraine at 905-827-8079 for more information. In addition to the admission costs, donations will be gladly accepted. Come out an help support the Oakville Children's Choir as they raise their voices to help Afghan Women and Children. It will be an evening to reme...
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Oakville Master Gardeners to Hold a 'Garden Design Workshop'   The Oakville Master Gardeners group will be hosting a 'Garden Design Workshop' on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.Sean James, owner of Fern Ridge Landscaping and Design Company, will be guiding the workshop from 10am-3pm at the Chartwell Classic Centre, 180 Oak Park Blvd.Enrolment for the course is limited to the first 20 registrants so reserve your spot today by calling Edel Schmidt at 416-953-1031.The cost is $75 and lunch is included.Students will be learning how to create a design of their own using ideas they've seen in books, magazines or thought about in their own imaginations.Since they will be designing a garden for their own yards, particpants are advised to bring photos of their property, paper, ruler. pencils and eras...
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Bronte Homes For Sale, Real Estate Market Report For March 2010 - Oakville, OntarioThe historical Village of Bronte, located in Oakville's southwest corner, is one of Oakville's most desirable communities. As one of Oakville's oldest inhabited regions, homes for sale in Bronte are in high demand and this is reflected in the short number of days the average home for sale in Bronte stayed on the market for the month of March 2010. Beginning as a village on the mouth of 12 Mile Creek in 1834, Bronte has grown to becomea thriving lakeside community boasting beautiful lakefront estates, residential neighbourhoods, high-rise condos, marinas, schools and thriving businesses. Although the Village of Bronte has amalgamated to become a part of the City of Oakville, it's small village atmosphere a...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
When someone mentions the words Coronation Park in Oakville they are talking about one of two things.  The park itself, located on Lakeshore Road along the shores of Lake Ontario in the western part of Oakville; or the community that surrounds the park.  Homes in the area that surrounds this popular park are situated on large, mature treed properties.  Most of the homes in the area were built in the 1960's and 1970's.  The majority of the homes were built of brick and consist mostly of bungalows, split-levels and two storey designs. Being within walking distance of the lake has always made this part of Oakville highly desirable.  Most of the properties boast quarter acre lots.  Of course because the area is highly sought after by builders, many of the original homes have been demolished...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Coming soon: Oakville's newest neighbourhood will be developed north of Dundas Street (highway 5) stretching up to Highway 407  with Tremaine Road as the western boundary and Ninth Line the boundary to the east. Town plans call for a population of 50,000 residents in this area with employment opportunities for nearly 35,000 people.  This will be an addition to the current population of over 170,000. Running through this area is the Natural Heritage System, 900 hectares of protected land, made up of woodlots, open fields, valleys and watercourses.  The Town of Oakville hopes to preserve the natural resources in this area and balance that with sustainable, community-conscious development initiatives.  Similar to Oakville's Oak Park subdivision by Tribute Communities, the plans for these n...
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Homes For Sale in the Community of Bronte, Oakville, Ontario, Canada The Community of Bronte, in the southwest corner of Oakville, Ontario, began as a small fishing village in 1834 at the junction of 12 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario. The first non-aboriginal setters of Bronte were the United Empire Loyalists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution.The first harbour in Bronte was completed by 1856. Beginning as a small harbour town and fishing village, the Community of Bronte in Oakville, Ontario now has approximately 10,000 residents.The majority of Bronte was originally farmland and forest before major housing development began to take place in the 60s and 70s. Housing developments continued to be built up until this year.The homes for sale in Bronte range ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Neighbourhood Watch - Oakville Ontario - Old Oakville When you mention the words Old Oakville, it conjures up thoughts of heritage homes,  a vibrant downtown core, rich history, Lake Ontario and the 16 Mile Creek and harbour.  This area closest to the downtown boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops is one of the most sought after for high end real estate.  Stately homes on large lots are mixed with small quaint cottage style homes.  Luxury townhomes are popping up as infill projects.  You pay the price to walk to town and the lake.  This is not a haven for starter homes, however small some homes may be. Old Oakville, or Olde Oakville as it is often called boasts mature tree lined streets with names like Pine, Maple, Spruce, and Douglas.  Builders have been buying up properties in this ...
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Downtown Oakville - Historic, Unique and Waiting For YouOakville's main downtown runs along Lakeshore, one of the oldest roads in Ontario.Traveling along you can't help but notice the rich history and beautiful architecture of the buildings, many of which have been preserved for over a century.Culture and adventure await you in Oakville's downtown with 450 wonderful shops to search for treasures in or experience one of the finest restaurants that Ontario has to offer.Within walking distance of Downtown Oakville is the Oakville Heritage District, which abounds with heritage homes that still look the same today as they did when they were first built by many of Oakville's original inhabitants.Downtown Oakville is not far from Lake Ontario and the maritime history of the area can be found t...
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Bronte Creek Provincial Park Easter Egg Hunt....Going to the DogsOn Good Friday, April 2nd, the National Serice Dog team will be at Bronte Creek Provincial Park to take part in the 13th annual 'Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs'.The event is being held to raise $15,000 for programs and services that will help children with autism and their families in the Oakville region.Dogs and their owners will be able to hunt for over 3,000 plastic eggs filled with dog treats. There will also be a sticker in each egg with a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes.All registrants will have the opportunity of finding up to 24 eggs, as they work towards filling their two egg cartons.Those registrants who have collected donations will be able to collect more eggs.Sporting their 'hunt' bandanas, the dogs and the ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Thinking of moving to Oakville?  Not sure what neighbourhood would be the best for your family?  Oakville has a neighbourhood that is right for you. Falgarwood is a mature subdivision also known as Iroquois Ridge South.  Its' popularity stems from the fact that it is a mature neighbourhood with leafy treed crescents and cul de sacs, schools, parks, shops, ravines and trails.  Easy highway access make this a great spot to live if you commute to Toronto.  The GO train station is a short bus ride away.  Upper Oakville Shopping Centre serves the area and the larger Oakville Place Mall is just minutes away.  The types of homes in Falgarwood are a mix between detached, semi-detached, links, freehold townhomes, condo townhomes and condo apartments.  Detached home styles consist of two storey, ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
It was very evident when I stopped to take the following photos,  what was in store for the  old farm home sitting in the middle of a large open field in north Oakville.  All I could think of at the time was that the home had seen better days.  But it did exude character and I always find it sad to see these homes disappear forever.  With a population of over 170,000 residents there is now only one direction for Oakville to grow and that is to the north.  This week, I noticed the following article in the Toronto Star. Historic Home Razed In North Oakville. The home had a name.  The Emily Biggar farmhouse.  It was 150 years old and built in a salt box style.  Apparently the farmhouse had been on the Oakville Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest, but it had been r...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The calendar tells us that spring has arrived in Oakville.  We were very fortunate to have had a mild winter with not much snow to speak of.  Not even a school or business closure day. That's not to say that we won't experience a final flurry or two as we usually do in late March and early April.  But thinking ahead, it's time to have a look at our yards and gardens to see how they have fared over the winter. Whether you are thinking of selling your home this spring or not here are a few outdoor household tips to create some spring curb appeal for your property. Time to rake up all those leftover leaves from the fall. Pick up all the branches that the wind has brought down. Check the roof for missing shingles Clean your bird feeders and bring out the bird bath Dispose of old dead flower...
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Spring Sights Around Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park, OakvilleSpring is in the air in Oakville and residents are coming down to Bronte's waterfront to enjoy the warm weather.Waterfowl are stopping over on their migration north to their breeding grounds and the Canada Geese have arrived back in droves.Fishermen can be seen on Fisherman's Wharf again and in small rowboats near shore.Soon the park will be filled with children running and families having picnics on sultry spring evenings. Boaters will be cleaning their newly launched boats and greeting one another again after many months of not seeing one another. Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park is a peaceful place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of spring returning to the beautiful city of Oakville. ©2010JoSmith    
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